For more than the Gaithersburg - Washington Grove Volunteer
Fire Department has served the communities of Gaithersburg, Washington Grove,
Derwood and Montgomery Village. We are a "combined" department.
Career firefighters, who are employees of the Montgomery County Fire
Rescue Service, make up the backbone of our firefighters, paramedics
and emergency medical technicians. Volunteers supplement this staffing, primarily
nights and weekends.
Many of our volunteers are are involved as operational firefighters and emergency
medical technicians. Others provide administrative and auxiliary services. Many
have served for more than 20 years.
The GWGVFD operates two stations. Station 8, on Montgomery Village Avenue
across from Lakeforest Mall, is the busiest station in Montgomery
County. In 2004 Station 8 answered 10,973 calls. Engine Companies 81 and
82 are quartered at Station 8, along with Tower 8, Medic 89, Ambulances 88,
87 and 86 and Brush 85.
Station 28, at the corner of Muncaster Mill and Shady Grove Roads, is home
to Engine Company 281 and Ambulance 289. Station 28 is also a "satellite" hazardous
materials unit. Station 28 responded to 3,512 calls in 2004.
The GWGVFD is run by a Board of Directors and operational officers who are elected by the membership.